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Weren't allowed to share lift with Aus players in Sydney: Ashwin

January 25, 2021 20:34 IST

'Seriously guys? We felt so bad at that time. We are in the same bubble. But you get into the lift and you can't share the space with another person staying in the same bubble. It was too difficult for us to digest.'

Ravichandran Ashwin made the revelation during a YouTube video chat with India's fielding coach R Sridhar. 

IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin made the revelation during a YouTube video chat with India's fielding coach R Sridhar. Photograph: BCCI

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that the Indian players were not allowed to share the lift with their Australian counterparts during the Sydney Test, something the visitors found "too difficult to digest".

The third Test of the recently-concluded four-match series was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and throughout the tour, players and support staff of both the teams stayed in a bio bubble due to threat posed by COVID-19.

"We reached Sydney, they locked us with severe restrictions. There was a unique thing that happened in Sydney. It was strange, to be honest. Both India and Australia were in the same bubble. But when Australian players were in the lift, they wouldn’t allow Indian players inside it," Ashwin said.

 

The seasoned spinner made the revelation during a YouTube video chat with India's fielding coach R Sridhar.

Ashwin added, "Seriously guys? We felt so bad at that time. We are in the same bubble. But you get into the lift and you can't share the space with another person staying in the same bubble. It was too difficult for us to digest.

"We are all in the same bubble, but you get into the lift and share the lift space!"

The Test was also marked by allegations of racial abuse against Indian pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.

In the matches that he had played before missing the series-deciding fourth Test due to a back injury, Ashwin contributed significantly and helped India stage an incredible turnaround that saw the visitors claim the rubber 2-1.

Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari -- both fighting injuries -- batted for more than five hours on the final day of the Sydney Test to help India achieve an improbable draw and keep the series locked at 1-1.

In the final Test at Brisbane's Gabba, India chased down a record target of 328 to beat Australia by three wickets and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and break the home team's unbeaten run of 32 years of victory at the Gabba.

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